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Sparkler Art. Easy To Do & Beautifully Effective

As the above image shows, provided you have the right camera setting, a great backdrop and of course some decent sparklers, you are ready.

The exciting thing about sparkler art is that the only thing holding you back is your own imagination.

To capture the image, professionals recommend that you should use the slowest speed to offer the longest light exposure available on the camera as this will enable you to take brilliant shots.

Set up on a tripod to avoid ‘wobble’ and setting F8 and 25-30 second exposure to start with and see how you go on.

Art is all about experimentation and this proves that a little patience and some skill can certainly give you perfect results if you keep trying.

The good thing about using this medium is that provided you have a good few sparklers, all the family (please ensure that all users are over 5-years of age) and they have some imagination, you are going to have a fabulous time and sometimes it’s the more obscure things that are the most effective.

The long exposure time is your ‘drawing’ time and the camera will capture anything which is done in the interim period and burn it onto the image you will end up with. I would recommend that you have a couple of practice runs beforehand to get the angles etc right but if you do produce some, we would really appreciate it if you could let us see them.


Wonderful Use of Bokeh

How do you achieve truly magical photograph and video footage?

Epic fireworks, apart from having a love of fireworks also hold a massive interest in the world of amateur photography and video capture.

We have discussed in past blogs about the use of long exposure for more abstract results in still photography and have recently been looking into ‘Bokeh’ which literally translates from the Japanese for ‘blur’ or an out of focus image. This method can result in some spectacular imagery particularly when taking shots of fireworks.

The method used playing around with focus and effects gives the resulting images an ethereal look resembling giant flowers in the sky, which gives us a better appreciation of why the Chinese name most of the fireworks effects accordingly. They use ‘Chrysanthemum, Dahlia and Peony’ to describe some of the beautiful sky artistry they produce an explosion.

Photography experts recommend that during the long exposure of the shot you should throw it out of focus to get the desired effect. Like anything, this will be a case of trial and error but if you keep practising (which we still are!) it will not be long before you are capturing photographs and video of spectacular quality.

Further reading on the above video can be found here 🙂